How to Use a Plastic Pom-Pom Maker

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How to Use a Plastic Pom-Pom Maker
Make perfect yarn pom-poms with a pom-pom maker. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Sew a row of multicoloured pom-poms down the opening of a hand-knit baby sweater. Decorate the ends of a scarf with large fluffy yarn balls. Add the traditional single large pom-pom to the very top of a knit hat or sew tiny multicoloured pom-poms all over the hat for a confetti effect. Commercial plastic pom-pom makers make nice, round pom-poms that require very little trimming. There are two styles, a flat one with one hinge and a more elaborate, thicker one with two hinges.

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Things you need

  • Yarn
  • Yarn needle (optional)
  • Scissors

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  1. 1

    Open the hinge or hinges of the pom-pom maker to separate its two halves.

  2. 2

    Wrap yarn smoothly around each of the two C-shaped arms until they are full. This will be three or four layers of yarn.

  3. 3

    Close the hinge or hinges so that the two C shapes form a circle.

  4. 4

    If you have a flat pom-pom maker with one hinge, thread a needle with yarn and run it under the yarn along the inside edge of the plastic circle, all the way around the circle. Tie the yarn together tightly.

  5. 5

    Cut the yarn all the way around the outside edge of the circle. The two-hinged variety of pom-pom maker has a indentation you stick the point of your scissors into. If you have already tied your pom-pom, you can pull it out at this point. If the yarn seems loose, tighten the knot first.

  6. 6

    Tie a piece of yarn tightly around the middle of the bundle of yarn in the pom-pom maker, if you have not already done so, then open the plastic and remove the pom-pom.

  7. 7

    Fluff the pom-pom with your fingers and trim off any yarn that sticks out beyond the surface of the ball.

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